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Lots of stuff goes on in this shop, located in Lorette, Manitoba.

Primarily it's the building and repair of classic wood & canvas canoes, and the making of premium canoe paddles. I also do custom boat building, composite fabrication, and special projects. A growing passion of mine is the making of classical guitars, I'll post about that, too.

I want to be able to share with my clients the progress of their commissioned work. Later I started thinking that there might be other people who are interested in what goes on inside a wooden canoe shop operated by an artist and a recovering teacher.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by email, phone, or by post. My mailing address is:

Red River Canoe & Paddle
24249 River Rd
Lorette, Manitoba
R5K 0Z6

Friday 12 November 2010

I decided to try something a little different on this rosette. Instead of applying glue to each strand of wood, I bent them all in place dry and applied the glue afterwards, letting it wick down between the strands. In this case I used epoxy.

It worked very well.

After the epoxy has cured and cleaned off of the rosette, I start cutting the channel for inlaying it into the guitar top.

I think that next time I make up a rosette, I will cut the channel and bend and glue the strands dry directly in. That will make it much easier to fit precisely!

A sharp block plane is used to level the rosette.

A detail.

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